The Valorant developers explain why the new skins take so long

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On March 23, Matthew Hagg, a professional call of Duty player known as Nadeshot, expressed disappointment in a viral tweet that a new skin bundle for a weapon in the first person shooter Enhance it didn’t have a lot of alternate colors and special effects. She noticed that the new cosmetics had “a lot of potential” but were eventually “floured”, which means that something is “finished”. Enhance the developers responded by explaining why releasing the skins is much more complicated than it looks from the outside.

The Endeavor, the weapon skin bundle in question, was datamined recently by Valorleaks. It is part of the “Select Level”, which means it is the less expensive type of skin you can buy. Individual skins cost around $ 10, and the whole package costs around $ 34. It might seem like a lot of money until you realize that some of the more expensive ones Enhance skins cost up to $ 30 for a single skin. Ouch.

Sean Marino, associate art director on Enhance, wrote on Twitter, “Everything and anything can always be more. We have to make compromises. ”

“If we paid 150 percent in all,” he added, “the team would run out, the skins would take a lot longer to release and it would all be insanely expensive.”

Marino mentioned the forest-themed cosmetics package Revenge of Gaia as an example of a skin pack that has been delayed due to extensive customization options. It had special effects, audio, and color variations. Enhance released Protocol bundle, which is a weapon skin pack that costs $ 119 for the entire collection this January, but was originally supposed to be released in 2021. Marino pointed out that the team prioritizes the quality of cosmetics and that makeovers can sometimes occur during half of production.

“Of course we can hire more people,” Marino said, “but this doesn’t always solve the problem. There is no formula for how we make leathers. It’s not just putting a camouflage on a gun and calling it a day, or selecting a simple color from a wheel. “

Enhance also skin manufacturer Preeti Khanolkar clarified so the skin team Enhance it is “small compared to other games”. But even within a “small” team, the contributors are very different. Marino said the skin team is made up of designers, artists, QAs, producers, engineers, marketing, strategy and audio experts, all working in tandem to produce a product. No wonder skin development can take months, if not years.

Marino said Kotaku who wanted to “reinforce a conversation about constructive criticism, rather than emotional or gut criticism.” He welcomed specific feedback on the colors or the design theme, but felt that “delivery makes a bit of a difference”.

Hagg doesn’t seem to be mad at the developers for the “flaky” skin bundle. He tweeted“The world your team created through skins [and] The customization of the game was nothing short of incredible which is why people are so passionate about each pack. I’m a fan more than anything, so I hope nothing I say is taken to heart. “

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